Is There Structure in Big History Dynamics?Lowell Gustafson2021-09-21T16:00:04-04:00
Are there regular patterns within the sequence of events of Big History? The dynamics of interest covers evolutionary processes focusing on the leading edge of complexity. Big History covers evolution of the cosmos along with Earth-based evolution of life, humans, and civilization. While the large-scale trend seems to be an accelerated version of exponential growth, there seems to be structure within this development. My initial exposure to this was with Carl Sagan’s 1977 book “The Dragons of Eden” where information processes were divided into the three evolutionary phases of life (DNA), humans (brain), and civilization (writing). Starting from this, further possible substructure is identified along with the extension into the cosmos development. Many questions are raised such as what causes this geometric structure? What determines the geometric factors of complexity advances? How might this pattern continue? How can we use this information to navigate the present?
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